Stories

I Dare You to Love Me

It’s senior year. He rules the school. She just wants to make it to graduation. With prom only six weeks away, and his reputation at stake – will Brian be able to get “Scary Pants” out on a date?

Brian Royland is the golden boy of Palm Beach High. He’s smart, handsome, athletic, and charming. He could get any girl in school – but he procrastinated and is now dateless for the most important dance of the year. When he hears about the new girl, Iris Newman aka “Scary Pants”, Brian is intrigued. But when Brian’s friends doubt he’ll succeed in scoring her as his prom date, bets start flying, and she turns into a prize to be won.

Iris has set several goals for herself; make sure her older sister has a smooth pregnancy, help her recently single mother support and manage their family, and find a way to stop her band’s bass guitarist from asking her out every week. She doesn’t have the time or the energy to deal with the arrogant and pesky Brian Royland, who is suddenly determined to get her out on a date.

It only takes six weeks for them to realize they have both experienced great loss. Surrounded by mayhem and high school drama – could they be the key to each other’s healing?

 

In the Dark

Movies and books have made being a monster sound cool. Lindsay can’t wear silver jewelry or have intimate relationships, but hey, she sprouts fur and fangs on the nights of the full moon. Totally rad, right? Not. Forget about exploring the beast within; Lindsay just wants to graduate from nursing school. When she and her little brother are snagged from the park, however, she has no choice but to Change and fight.

Despite her best efforts, these goons in masks know how to handle a werewolf inexperienced in hand-to-paw combat. She regains consciousness hours after the scuffle with no one to help her except perhaps the only other werewolf she knows; Wayne, Mr. Werewolf Pride. He says he’ll help recover her brother, but only if she vows to join his pack. Her freedom seems like a high price to pay, but Lindsay bites her tongue and agrees to his terms.

While hoofing through Europe in search of her brother, Lindsay learns a few things. One: being a werewolf can be pretty badass when one knows how to use their abilities. Two: being a freak isn’t so bad when you’re surrounded by other freaks. And three: she might have misjudged Wayne. Then she and Wayne stumble into the mastermind behind the kidnapping and this werewolf mafia king decides they know too much. Lindsay and Wayne should get out of dodge and forget what they know but, unless this man is stopped, innocent people will die.

 

Asta and the Barbarians

On the day the Holgarians attack her town, twenty-year-old Asta is blessed by a
warrior god and empowered with the heightened senses and unnatural healing
abilities these foreign invaders possess. Grief-stricken and paralyzed by terror, she’s
hauled onto the conquering general’s ship and taken to the island of Holger across
the sea.

One year later, Asta graduates from warrior academy with honors and is chosen as
one of the king’s personal defenders. She will finally have the opportunity to kill the
man who gave the general his orders, and avenge her family. She doesn’t expect the
king to be young or kind, or completely oblivious of what his men are doing
overseas. He has been told peaceful negotiations are going well, and the natural
resources and ambassadors from the mainland seem to support this report. But Asta
knows better.

Asta must find proof of the general’s treachery and bring it before the king so that
she can save unconquered provinces from meeting the same fate as her hometown.
But the king’s counselors suddenly start dying, and the king himself is hounded by
foreign assassins. Revenge will have to wait if Asta’s going to keep the king, the
mainland’s only hope, alive.

 

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